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Radney Funeral Home - Mobile

3155 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL

OBITUARY

Hans Thomas French

November 18, 1932May 16, 2020

Hans Thomas French was born on November 18, 1932 and passed away on May 16, 2020 and is under the care of Radney Funeral Home-Mobile.

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Erica Morris

May 25, 2020

What an honor and pleasure it was to care for you ♥️... I will always remember that cute little smirk😏... I'll miss laughing at Wendy and talking behind her back🤭... Rest easy my friend♥️... Love Erica... I SALUTE TO YOU MR. HANS... 😘

Jack Rash

May 25, 2020

Terri and I had a wonderful experience buying the mountain house from Hans 18 years ago. He was so generous and fair and he made the process very enjoyable. For him to take us out to supper with you, Michelle, was the icing on the cake. We had a maltese at the time and I remember him liking that. You know our prayers are with you and your family, May God Bless, Jack, Terri and Izzy (our current maltese)

Anita Dworkin

May 25, 2020

Ed and I were honored to become a part of the French-Segall family when Simone married our son, Danny. Hans welcomed us fully from our first phone call. We shared many thoughtful and caring conversations over the last years. We were impressed with his varied interests including modern architecture and politics as well as his deep love for Michele and the flock of Segalls. We will greatly miss this dear man.

Ryan Gillespie

May 25, 2020

I remember visiting asheville when I lived in southport, NC and have breakfast in down town Hendersonville, listening to Hans stories about how you’ll met and all the great stories that Hans and yourself had to share. He made me feel so welcome and such a kind heart.

Susan Utt

May 24, 2020

I consider myself fortunate to have met Hans through a mutual friend. He was in the process of transitioning from several business interests and moving to Asheville.

To the end he engaged with life- the people, places and activities he treasured. To the end he endeavored, with extraordinary support and care from Michele and under the watchful eye of Frenchie!

He had wide ranging and informed interests.  Mostly he enjoyed showing
his friends what he enjoyed in his Asheville environment and introducing them to new cuisine and decor and art experiences.

Thank you Michelle (the Fries of French Fries) for adding decades of health, happiness, and vibrancy! Hans, Michelle, and Frenchie are all in my thoughts.

Simone Segall

May 24, 2020

Hans taught me how to dream.

Together, Mom + Hansie showed me what unconditional love looks like.

Trust was something I didn’t know how to do — he showed me.

Hans pushed me to want more, and do more. He inspired my career, but also let me explore and fail at times.

He hated talking on the phone but would always let mom convince him to talk to me. He wanted to know all the details, and I just wanted to be funny and light with him (all the things I’m not to most people).

He was the greatest storyteller, sketcher of dreams, and thought partner to many. I never saw him angry. He was the most forgiving, thoughtful, kind person.

He was my Hansie Man, my main man, the original Frenchie before that became the dog’s name (twice). And I was his “favorite”. He was my my “step” (closer to a) dad”, my greatest fan. He is so deeply missed but he left a legacy of love we will carry on forever ❤️

Lydia Caldwell

May 24, 2020

I will always remember how sweet and genuine Hans was when I got the privilege to be his waitress at a local restaurant in Asheville NC. He always had advice and stories and always left you thinking. Hans and his wife will forever be some of my favorite people I have ever met. ❤️

Joyce Wright

May 22, 2020

I have fond memories of just how much Hans enjoyed life when he was well, how he loved to travel, and his great love for the best of everything including good food.

Then there are the memories of how much he fought the with illness and fought to live. It took a lot of courage to fight that battle.

I will miss you my friend!

Daniel Dworkin

May 22, 2020

There are three things that I will always remember about Hans.

First, his genuine interest in the people that were lucky enough to cross his path. When I talked to Hans, he listened with openness and curiosity -- like every word mattered. There was no air of judgement. His desire to connect was innocent and pure.

Second, his unparalleled generosity. Hans was a giver. It didn't matter if you were family, friends or strangers. He gave indiscriminately and with great joy. I can only imagine the number of lives Hans touched over the years. Hundreds? Thousands? The scale of his magnanimity is breathtaking.

Lastly, his sense of style. Hans had an eye. He knew what he liked (and didn't) and he wasn't shy about sharing his point of view. I loved the way he surrounded himself with beauty -- not to impress others but inspire himself.

I will always keep you in my heart, Hans. Love you!

Chelsea Segall

May 21, 2020

Heaven must have thrown the best welcome party when Papa arrived.

I hope he made his way knowing how loved he was and how deeply he impacted our lives and the lives of so many others.

We will always see him in our little Hans. In his wild eyebrows and his sneaky and cheeky silliness.

One of the many things I loved about our Papa was his ability for asking the BEST questions and sitting patiently to LISTEN always. He was the very best listener. I was always so proud to introduce him to my friends knowing he genuinely would take the time to get to know them and would be sure to ask them one of his great questions. One of my favorites was “What was your BEST day ever”

He loved Our Mama so much... and she loved him so deeply back. I’m so Thankful to him for bringing joy and light into her life. Everything she poured into Hans was a reflection of the love he poured into all of us. He deserved ALL of it.

Papa, we miss you so much... hoping you’re looking down knowing how much you changed our lives for the better. Thank you for always supporting, accepting and loving us.

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